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December 2013
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News
Recent meetings
Upcoming events
Recent OECD publications
Useful links
OECD and civil society
OECD Forum
Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD
Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD
OECD Observer Magazine
OECD blogs
Headlines
PISA: Measuring student success around the world
Economic Outlook
Integrity and the crisis: How to earn back the trust of young people
Skills Outlook: Survey of Adult Skills
How’s Life? 2013: Measuring well-being
The Climate Challenge: achieving zero emissions
Development Co-operation Report 2013: Ending Poverty
Competition Policy Challenge
Civil Society and OECD - recent meetings
Selected upcoming events
OECD Forum partner events
Recent OECD publications
 
NEWS
PISA: Measuring student success around the world
PISAAccording to the latest PISA survey, which tested around 510,000 15-year-olds in 65 countries in maths, reading and science, Asian economies outperform the rest of the world. The results found that Shanghai-China and Singapore were top in maths, with students in Shanghai scoring the equivalent of nearly three years of schooling above most OECD countries.
 
Economic Outlook
Economic OutlookThe latest OECD Economic Outlook says that the global economy is expected to continue expanding at a moderate pace over the coming two years, provided major risks do not materialize. Global growth forecasts have been revised down significantly for 2013-2014, in large part due to weaker prospects in many emerging market economies.
 
Integrity and the crisis: How to earn back the trust of young people
Integrity and the CrisisOn the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day and Transparency International’s 20th Anniversary, the OECD and Transparency International invited young people for a discussion about how to push the integrity agenda forward together. The event was organised with and for young people as well as representatives from civil society, trade unions, business, governments and parliaments. It examined how the trust of young people can be won back, focusing on improving openness, transparency, accountability, and access to information. Watch the videos of the sessions here.
 
Skills Outlook: Survey of Adult Skills
On 8 October, the OECD released its first Survey of Adult Skills, which shows that high quality initial education is an important predictor for success in adult life. But countries must combine this with flexible, skills-oriented learning opportunities throughout life, in particular for working-age adults. According to the Survey, the low-skilled are more likely than others to be unemployed, have bad health and earn much less. Countries with greater inequality in skills proficiency also have higher income inequality.
 
How’s Life? 2013: Measuring well-being
How's Life 2013On 5 November, the OECD released its How’s Life? 2013 report which measures well-being, material living conditions and quality of life in OECD countries and other major economies. It concludes that the global economic crisis has had a profound impact on people’s well-being, reaching far beyond the loss of jobs and income, and affecting citizens’ satisfaction with their lives and their trust in governments.
 
The Climate Challenge: achieving zero emissions
Climate ChallengeOn 9 October, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, released the report Climate and carbon: Aligning prices and policies during a Lecture organised jointly with the London School of Economics. He said that a transformation of the global energy system is needed if countries hope to limit climate change to a 2ºC temperature increase from pre-industrial levels, as agreed by the global community. He called for a coherent approach to carbon pricing, to ensure that price signals sent to consumers, producers and investors alike are consistent and facilitate the gradual phase-out of fossil fuel emissions. He also questioned how much impact existing climate policies can have when countries around the world continue to subsidise the exploration, production and use of fossil fuels. Read Mr. Gurría’s speech.
 
Development Co-operation Report 2013: Ending Poverty
Ending Poverty On 5 December, the OECD launched its Development Co-operation Report 2013: Ending Poverty, which explores what needs to be done to achieve rapid and sustainable progress in the global fight to end poverty. A panel of experts debated the key issues from the report in an event hosted by the OECD and Intelligence Squared in London. For more information, visit the Intelligence Squared event page.
 
Competition Policy Challenge
How can competition policy help make the lives of citizens better? On 12 November, the OECD launched the Competition Policy Challenge. Directed at young researchers and PhD-level students, the OECD’s Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs is looking for fresh ideas that challenge our thinking on how government policies can have an impact our well-being as defined by the OECD’s Better Life Initiative.
 
Civil Society and OECD - recent meetings
Several meetings involving civil society have taken place since September. You can find more details here.
 
OECD Forum Partner events
Find more details about OECD Forum Partner events here.
   
 
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
 

December 2013

11
Roundtable on the Impact of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention 15 Years On (Paris). This roundtable discussion, hosted by the OECD Working Group on Bribery, will commemorate Professor Mark Pieth's nearly 20 years of service as the Group's Chair. It will reflect on the impact the Anti-Bribery Convention has had on the global anti-bribery agenda since its entry into force in 1999, as well as what should be done to ensure the Convention's continued relevance going forward. The roundtable will be broadcast live from 14h45 CET on 11 December.

February 2014

27-28
2014 Global Forum on Competition (Paris) Discussions at the 13th meeting of the OECD Global Forum on Competition will focus on fighting corruption and promoting competition, competition issues in the distribution of pharmaceuticals and peer review of Romania's competition law and policy.

March 2014

17-21
The second annual OECD Integrity Week (Paris) will consist of multiple events to facilitate a discussion between government, civil society and the business communities on anti-corruption and integrity. This will include a European Symposium on Ethics and Governance in cooperation with the Chair in Law and Business Ethics.

May 2014

5-6
Save the date for the OECD Forum 2014 www.oecd.org/forum
 
  RECENT OECD PUBLICATIONS
 
Pensions at a Glance Government at a Glance Innovation Scoreboard Health at a Glance
Pensions at a Glance Government at a Glance Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard Health at a Glance
Investment in Innovation World Energy Outlook Principles Public Procurement REgions and Innovation
Investment in Knowledge Capital, Growth and Innovation World Energy Outlook Principles for Integrity in Public Procurement Regions and Innovation
   
   
  This Newsletter has been prepared by the Public Affairs Division of the OECD for the purpose of informing the public of OECD co-operation with civil society. The Public Affairs Division acts as a clearing house for information about OECD dialogue with civil society. OECD staff who are in contact with civil society through consultations, workshops or other activities contribute to this newsletter. Contact us at: civilsociety@oecd.org